When Mohamed Sanu hit free agency in 2016, there were several teams interested in signing him. New England, Carolina, and Oakland were rumored as the main contenders. The Falcons entered the market in dire need of a legitimate No. 2 wide receiver. Roddy White could no longer play at a high level, while Leonard Hankerson struggled with injuries and drops. Thomas Dimitroff was bound to make some high-profile signings following a disappointing end to the 2015 season. Signing Alex Mack was the first step in making a statement. Sanu was the next step towards solidifying the offense.
Sanu decided to sign with Atlanta on March 10th, 2016. It was time for the ultra-talented wide receiver to take on a new challenge, as Cincinnati never quite got the best out of him. With a talented quarterback and offensive coordinator in Atlanta, Sanu knew this was the place for him to elevate his career. It was also the place he imagined being in for a long time.